Articles, guides and news on retailing topics for UK small businesses, whether traditional brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce platforms, or omni-channel. Topics covered include the key elements of successful retailing such as inventory management, pricing strategies, customer service, store design, and marketing.

Taking payments as a small business

The 6 best retail POS systems

We’ve rung up the fees and features of top providers to find the best retail POS systems for small retail stores – check out the list below


Minister mulls U-turn on VAT-free shopping

Business minister asks businesses hurt by scrapping VAT-free shopping for overseas visitors to provide him with ‘data and information’


50 shops closing a day in the UK

Number of shop closures across the country hits five-year high with up to 18,000 expected to close this year


Mary Portas calls for more Government help to save high street firms

Retail guru Mary Portas wants the Government to support businesses through the cost of doing business crisis


Retailers call for half of rent backlog to be waived

The Commercial Tenants Association is calling on the government to adopt a different strategy to deal with commercial rent debt


Government ‘should write off’ £1.7bn of Covid loan debt

Thousands of small business shopkeepers face collapse because of soaring debt levels incurred during the pandemic


Gerald Ratner: ‘I don’t think it’s right that there’s such a stigma attached to failure. It’s a British disease’

In this episode of Small Business Snippets, Tim Adler meets Gerald Ratner, an author, motivational speaker and businessman


How to cope with the slow return to trade post-lockdown

How businesses can best prepare for the gradual return to normal and the new challenges they face in the process.


Government pushes back opening shops until June 15

In his latest announcement, Boris Johnson pushed back the opening of shops to 15 June from the beginning of June, as previously stated


Government looking at bringing in part-time furlough immediately

MPs and retailers pushing government to allow furloughed shop staff back to work part-time, as they start reopening from June


Only allowing part-time furlough work from August doesn’t make sense

Shops are being told to reopen from June but furloughed staff can only work part time from August. Indie retailers face a dire couple of months

Government Grants

Where to find your small business coronavirus grant

Here we provide a round-up of UK local authorities with links to their register pages for small business coronavirus grants.

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Streamlining document management for your small business

David Malan, sales director of DocuWare for the UK and Ireland, explains how the platform can streamline your document management

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

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Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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